Heroin is an extremely addictive Opioid drug that is synthesized from Morphine. Heroin can be snorted, smoked, or injected and usually comes in a white or brown powder substance. It is estimated that almost 1/4 of all people who use Heroin once become addicted. Teen Heroin Abuse is a growing danger in our youth. The image of a listless young heroin addict collapsed in a filthy, dark alley is obsolete. Today, the young addict could be as young as 12 years old, play video games and enjoy the music of his generation. They can appear smart, stylish and bear none of the common traces of heroin use, such as needle marks on their arms. Because it is available in various forms that are easier to consume and more affordable, heroin today is more tempting than ever. The number of teenagers aged 12 to 17, who used heroin at some point in their lives has increased by 300%. A young person who might think twice about putting a needle in his arm may more readily smoke or sniff the same drug. But this is falsely reassuring and may give one the idea that there is less risk. The truth is, heroin in all its forms is dangerous and addictive. This program helps teens recognize the conflicts and stresses they may face and the ways to deal with stress and tough situations by developing healthy habits, making the right choices, the consequences of making the wrong choice, so they become empowered to make the right decisions. It delivers an unforgettable message that will make teens reconsider their first or next high and how addiction can happen to anyone. It reminds teens, there is no cure for addiction. Student Discussion Includes: Why is Heroin and Opioid use so prevalent with todays youth? Why would a teen choose to take Heroin in the first place? What does Heroin look like? What are some of the street names for Heroin (junk, skag, smack, thunder)? What does Heroin do to your brain? Does alcohol, synthetic drugs or oxycodin lead to Heroin use? Where do teens find Heroin? What is chipping? What are some of the changes in behavior that may indicate a teens dependence on Heroin? What are some of the short term and long term effects of using Heroin? Is Heroin addiction treatable?
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